Stand Up!- Theorizing the Activist UnEssay, Pt. I

      A great deal of research in rhetoric, communication and composition in recent decades has attempted to bridge classrooms in higher education with deeper considerations of civic purpose, social activism and training for capable citizenship. However, these pushes toward community literacy and classroom advocacy have yet to fully consider the impact social web … Continue reading Stand Up!- Theorizing the Activist UnEssay, Pt. I

Writing With Mirrors: Reflecting On Goals and Choices in FYC

Here's a proposal I've prepared for a session at Writing Matters, a conference to be hosted at SUNY Cortland on March 18th 2018. *** Writing with Mirrors: Reflecting on Goals and Choices In FYC Jacob Richter       Student-writers benefit from sustained and deliberate reflection on not only the writing of professionals, but also … Continue reading Writing With Mirrors: Reflecting On Goals and Choices in FYC

Hacking the Curriculum: FYC, Critical Information Literacies and Social Web Environments

Hacking the Curriculum: FYC, Critical Information Literacies and Social Web Environments      Among the benefits of teaching writing at my current university institution is the freedom and flexibility it allots to its composition instructors. Next semester I’ll be teaching Writing Studies II, the second leg of the institution’s FYC sequence. Writing Studies II is … Continue reading Hacking the Curriculum: FYC, Critical Information Literacies and Social Web Environments

Probing Democracy: Gorgias, Public Rhetoric and the Electrate Polus

Despite a frustrating lack of any palpable challenge to Socrates' naive, limited essentialism, Plato's Gorgias is of undeniable interest to any rhetorician even beyond the explicit discussion of oratory and sophistry contained in its opening discussion. The dialogue is well known in composition and rhetoric for its inaugural debate in which Socrates utilizes his famed method … Continue reading Probing Democracy: Gorgias, Public Rhetoric and the Electrate Polus

Putting it in Writing: Teaching Circles and Institutional Return on Investment

*** The following is an abstract submitted to the 2017 NeMLA convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania***   For the Fall 2017 semester, the SUNY Cortland composition program implemented “teaching circles” as a required, yet loosely-defined, obligation for all instructors teaching FYW in the program. Hoping to spur dialogue, conversation and communication among program stakeholders, the WPAs … Continue reading Putting it in Writing: Teaching Circles and Institutional Return on Investment

Discourse in Democracy: Composition, Digital Citizenship and the Crafting of Authentic Rhetorical Situations

The scene is a familiar one. A student knocks reluctantly on my office door, enters the musty room with uncertainty and then proceeds to speak some deeply heartfelt words in a trembling, quivering voice. Something along the lines of “I do not feel comfortable with other people viewing the writing I produce for this class.” … Continue reading Discourse in Democracy: Composition, Digital Citizenship and the Crafting of Authentic Rhetorical Situations

Cognitive Seeds: The Role of Creative Thinking in First-Year Composition

Here's the body of what I'll present at the 2017 SUNY Council on Writing conference in Syracuse, NY. My talk is just that-- a talk-- so these notes are really only serving as memory aids. I won't be reading word-by-word directly from a conference paper, but rather will be verbally outlining a thesis on the … Continue reading Cognitive Seeds: The Role of Creative Thinking in First-Year Composition